Port Arthur Penitentiary
Ghost Hunters International
Port Arthur, Tasmania
Port Arthur Penitentiary (Ghost Hunters International)
|Port Arthur is a small town and
former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania,
Australia. Port Arthur is one of Australia's most significant heritage
areas and the open air museum is officially Tasmania's top tourist
It is located approximately 60 km south east of the state capital,
Hobart. In 1996 it was the scene of the worst mass murder event in
post-colonial Australian history.
A centuries-old prison that was home to rapists, murders,
and the criminally insane sounds like a setting right out of a horror
movie, but it's a real place - Australia's Port Arthur Penitentiary,
rumored to be one of the most haunted spots in the world.
As the team
descends on the location, Brandy details Port Arthur's history, and a
long list of reported paranormal phenomena that includes apparitions,
moving objects, footsteps, and even people reporting being touched by
On arrival, the team is greeted by tour guide Caitlin
Vertigan, who shows them around the grounds. She points out several hot
spots, including one particularly harrowing section known as the
Here, psychological punishment was inflicted on
prisoners, among them one John Gould, a child rapist, who has been
reported to have been seen in apparition form.
She also relates stories
of tourists who've directly interacted with people who were not actually
there, and of one man who received scratches on his neck in a sudden
and inexplicable fashion.
Needless to say, the team is excited to
being their investigation. Robb orders the lights out, and everybody
splits up. Robb, Brandy and Ashley start out in the Parsonage, where
Brandy makes use of a new EVP recorder that picks up more low-range
frequencies...which happens to be the part of the audio spectrum where
most EVPs are detected.
They hear what they define as the clearest
disembodied footsteps they've ever encountered, and the hope is that
this new device will help them discern their origin.
Paul encounter noises in the Commandant's House, and Paul, on a solo
investigation in the Parsonage, encounters a strangely opening door,
although he can't be sure it can't be chalked up to an error in locking
Barry and Joe have more luck on the grounds of the prison's church,
where a 30-second exposure photograph reveals the shape of a figure
seemingly in mid-stride.
Meanwhile, Ashley, Dustin and Brandy
investigate the Separate Prison, and attempt to contact John Gould. When
Ashley is left alone in a cell, she experience a pricking on her leg,
and feels chilled by a dark presence. Could it be the criminal in
Robb wraps up the investigation, and the team retires
to the analysis phase. Brandy picks up a very clear voice responding to
Ashley's questioning in the Separate Prison, immediately prior to the
physical sensations she experienced.
Robb and Dustin take this and
other EVPs to Caitlin, including a response of "Get out" to Robb's
questioning in another section of the penitentiary. In addition, they
have visual evidence to share: Bed dressings in the Commandant's House
that moved without any cause, and the aforementioned photo Barry took
outside the church.
With what amounts to a significant collection
of evidence and the personal experiences undergone by nearly every
member of the team, Robb is very confident in declaring Port Arthur
haunted. Caitlin is happy to hear the news, and impressed with the work
the team did in collecting clear and interactive evidence. Truly, Port
Arthur Penitentiary lived up to its reputation.